Author Archives: Rafael Martinez-Cortiña

About Rafael Martinez-Cortiña

21st century life explorer in Madrid, a city that makes sense

Madrid 383 years ago

This is the first urban planimetry of Madrid. Miguel Molina Campuzano dated it around 1635. Later on, Antonio Matilla dated the map in 1622, attributing its authorship to Antonio Mancelli. The National Library of Spain has two of these maps. … Continue reading

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A new kid on the block (on 08.08)

Time goes by, as people in someone’s life. There is a new neighbor in VillaJardines, who seems predestined to enhance even more one of the most beautiful buildings in the neighborhood. He is a visionary. We all welcome him in … Continue reading

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VillaJardines was embellished in 1878 by the architect Agustín Ortiz Villajos

VillaJardines is also for architecture lovers. It is a very good example of the evolution of a building throughout time. Being built in 1629, when was it updated to a 19th century taste? In 1877 the Queen Isabella II awarded … Continue reading

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VillaJardines as a movie set

On several occassions VillaJardines has been rented to film a movie or a commercial. In January 2007 Findus, a frozen food company, showed a new product with a massive TV strategy. In the commercial you can easily identify VillaJardines.

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Welcome to our 13 new (rich) neighbours

The center of Madrid seems to be the place to invest. The hotel world has taken over most of the neighborhood’s buildings and several new hotels will open in the next months. Madrid is being designed as the best product … Continue reading

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Old memories of the old stables

The Marquis del Busto married Maria Teresa de Gabiña in 1865. He was one of Queen Isabella II’s personal doctors, officially her Chamber Doctor. He had his own horse charriots, three, and his own horses, also three. The animals lived … Continue reading

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VillaJardines has been a big catalyzer of the sharing economy in Madrid

One of the best secrets of VillaJardines is that since 2012 it has been hosting hundreds of meetings of citizens who promoted the sharing economy from different angles. Members of more than 20 Peer-to-Peer communities dealing with homesharing, carsharing, foodsharing, … Continue reading

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